Opinion

Feb. 19, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Letter: Reader fears religious freedoms are threatened

Over the past few years, American citizens have repeatedly been reassured by our President and his leadership that “If we like our insurance, we can keep our insurance. If we like our doctor, we can keep our doctor; period.”


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

Editorial: Lawmakers' plan to change time needs further study

Does anyone actually like the spring-forward effect of daylight saving time? Probably not.


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Letter: Support for medical marijuana growing

I found Sunday’s editorial, “Firm in their faith,” informative. According to a recent poll (conducted by MTSU of 600 Tennessee adults), nearly 80 percent of those responding believe that medical marijuana should be legal in the Volunteer State. Although the scripture was not quoted, I suspect the editorial’s title was a reference to Genesis 1:11.


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

Letter: Reader says ‘no’ to Common Core

Common Core is unacceptable. This top-down, bureaucratic takeover of local schools must be stopped.


Feb. 18, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Ask the doc: Do doctors still enjoy the profession?

Q: Do the physicians you know still enjoy being in medicine with all of the changes that are occurring?


Feb. 17, 2014 @ 11:07 PM

Editorial: Most citizens want reforms of government spying programs

With the revelations last year of the federal government’s intrusion into the lives of Americans in the name of national security, something interesting happened.


Feb. 17, 2014 @ 12:47 AM

Statewide poll shows Christian belief shapes stance on issues

In spite of a move away from organized religion in much of the country, Tennessee is still firmly evangelical Christian, according to a recent MTSU poll. And that faith shapes the way the state leans on hot-button issues, the finds show.


Feb. 15, 2014 @ 11:27 PM

Letter: Reader thanks Sevier County citizens for help

My brother-in-law, Ronnie Newman, died on Feb. 3. His life insurance policy had not been in effect long enough to pay, and his family was devastated by the cost for his funeral.


Feb. 14, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Letter: Reader disagrees with officials’ ‘job lock’ claims

Understanding Democrat terminology: Job Lock — A full time job with the benefits that you have had for more than one year and is reasonably secure. Not good.


Feb. 14, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

School systems’ decisions on when to close school for weather events are often roundly criticized.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

Letter: Sevier officials should work to curb littering

The litter and trash situation along our county’s byways is unconscionable.


Feb. 13, 2014 @ 11:36 PM

Editorial: Laws limiting concealed carry only limit those who obey

A state debate on the rights of permitted Tennesseans to carry guns in city and municipal parks turned up a notch Thursday.


Feb. 12, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

Editorial: Smokies' Curatorial Collections Facility will help preserve history

Last week’s announcement that the long planned archival facility for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park had been approved is great news for fans of the park and local history.


Feb. 11, 2014 @ 11:18 PM

Letter: Sevierville could cut other costs beside trolley route

First, Sevierville BOMA (Board of Mayor and Aldermen) decides to add a restaurant tax on the locals. Now they have decided to leave 34,000 citizens out in the cold by dropping the courthouse trolley route.


Feb. 11, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

Editorial: Weather forecasters do their best for accurate predictions

Want an easy job? Be a meteorologist in San Diego. If you want a challenge, come to East Tennessee.


Feb. 11, 2014 @ 02:54 PM

Jason Davis: Happy miserable Valentine’s Day

For over 200 years now men across the western world have dreaded Feb. 14.


Feb. 09, 2014 @ 08:26 PM

Many issues remain cloudy surrounding Seymour proposal

From reporter Jeff Farrell’s tireless research on the topic of Seymour’s incorporation over the past two weeks, something has became abundantly clear.


Feb. 07, 2014 @ 11:59 PM

Letter: Doctor urges cancer screenings

Just as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and February is the American Heart Awareness month, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. I recommend to you and all of your readers to speak with their primary care doctor about being screened for colon/rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer rates have been decreasing over the last two decades which partly reflects an increase in screening allowing us to detect and remove colorectal polyps before they become cancer.


Feb. 07, 2014 @ 11:51 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

Governor Bill Haslam’s announcement earlier this week at the State of the State address announcing a bold proposal to make community college and two-year technical college admission free to Tennessee students was a great step toward assuring the state’s economic future.


Feb. 06, 2014 @ 11:03 PM

Editorial: New survey shows majority of state unaware of Common Core

An MTSU poll released Thursday at the Tennessee Press Association Winter Convention in Nashville revealed almost 60 percent of poll respondents haven't heard of the Common Core education reform effort.


Feb. 03, 2014 @ 11:39 PM

Editorial: Pigeon Forge Tigers' win at state ends string of frustration

For years, the Pigeon Forge Tigers wrestling team has been the picture of consistency.


Feb. 01, 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Letter: Reader: Target hack only possible because of computers

By now we are all familiar with the chaos caused when Target credit cards were hacked and information taken on millions of accounts. Sooner or later more large companies will face similar problems.


Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Letter: Reader cautions against Common Core

The President speaks in Nashville on the 30th, in part, to tout Common-Core education from his McGavock High School presidential podium.


Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:29 PM

Editorial: Three cheers

While this week’s snowstorm wasn’t a large as many that have hit the area in year’s past, there was a factor that made it unique — it’s surprising arrival.


Jan. 30, 2014 @ 11:51 PM

Editorial: Second Amendment vs. property rights makes for great debate

An interesting situation is brewing in the state legislature as two fundamental conservative principles are headed for a showdown on the Senate floor next week.